To say the Lady Dee softball team had a good week last week is a major understatement.
Starting with a huge 2-1 victory over fifth ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Monday, the team rolled to five straight wins, jumping from their 13th ranking to fifth in 3A.
If you’ve followed the rivalry between the Rockets and Lady Dees, arguably the best programs in Class 2A and 3A in southern Iowa, you’ve come to expect great games every time the two meet. Monday was no exception.
MacKenna Jones, a senior, went up against freshman Brooke Bettis in a pitching showdown. Jones would scatter six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk while Bettis surrendered five hits, two walks with six strikeouts.
Neither team committed an error.
Albia struck first in the bottom of the first when Ashley Beary singled and Aliya Meyers smashed an RBI single. MacKenna Jones was the only Lady Dee to reach base in the next three innings with a single.
The Rockets had runners at first and second with a single by Emmalee Davis and a walk to Megan Lobberecht. Two Jones strikeouts ended the threat. In the second Grace Roberts doubled but a strikeout and a fly to Danica Workman in centerfield stopped that rally. The Rockets went down in order in the third and then Schutt hit a one-out single in the fourth but was left stranded.
The Rockets went down in order in the fifth, but Albia put together a two-out rally that provided the winning run. MacKenna Jones walked and was replaced by Juliana Brown on the base paths. Workman, at the top of the order, singled moving Brown to third and Beary doubled to score Brown with Workman on third.
Workman was sprinting home as a sharp grounder was hit by Bayer to short, but Lobberecht went home instead of first and threw Workman out.
The Rockets only run came in the sixth when Lobberecht singled, got to second on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Schutt. Jones earned a strikeout to end the inning. Albia had runners at first in the sixth but did no harm to EBF. In the top of the seventh, Roberts led off with a single, but was picked off first after Bayer caught a fly and fired to first for the double play.
Beary led the team with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Myers had an RBI double and Workman and MacKenna Jones both singled.
Albia 14, Keokuk 0
MacKenna Jones tossed a two-hit shutout with two walks and seven strikeouts in a 14-0 blowout over Keokuk on Wednesday.
The Purple Chiefs had runners at second and third with one out in the second, one walk, when Jones struck out two and had runners at second and third with no outs on consecutive hits, but flies to Workman and a strikeout ended the game.
It really didn’t matter. Albia took a 9-0 lead in the first, added a run in the second and ended the game with a four-run flurry in the fourth.
Errors haunted Keokuk. They committed three critical errors in the first inning, leading to Albia’s 9-0 run. Beary singled in the first, Myers drove in two with a signle, Sydney Hoskins singled to drive in a run, Lexie Jones singled to drive in a run, Addy Halstead reached on a fielder’s choice, Workman was back on base the second time in the inning on an error, Beary singled again and Bayer had a two-run single.
In the second, Hoskins singled and Sayler Rozenboom (running for the catcher) scored on a hit by Halstead. Albia was quiet in the third except for Beary’s third hit of the night, but in the fourth Hoskins led off with a single, Rozenboom scored on a single by Halstead (who was replaced by Avery Major), Allison Major singled and MacKenna Jones cleared the bases with a game-ending walk-off homerun.
Beary was 3-3 with two runs scored, Bayer was 1-3 with an RBI, Myers had an RBI single, Hoskins was 3-3 with an RBI, Lexie Jones had an RBI single, Halstead was 2-3 with two RBI, Allison Major singled and Jones was 1-3 with a three-run homerun.
Playing in the Pella Tournament on Saturday, the Dees used a four-run third to beat Grinnell 5-4. Albia opened up a 1-0 lead in the second when Myers doubled and scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Allison Major. In the third Beary walked and Bayer smashed a two-run homerun. Myers followed with a double, Hoskins walked, Lexie Jones hit an RBI fielder’s choice and Allison Major singled to load the bases. A strikeout ended the inning with Albia up 5-0.
Grinnell rallied in the top of the fourth against Jones on the mound with a single, an RBI double and a two-run homerun. Albia loaded the bases in the fourth on a single by Workman, an error and a fielder’s choice but did not score.
Albia went down in order in the fifth and Grinnell scored a run in the top of the sixth on a walk and an RBI double before Workman ran down a ball in centerfield.
MacKenna Jones gave up three hits and struck out 10 in the game.
Workman had two hits, Bayer homered and drove in two, Myers had two doubles and scored twice and Allison Major had an RBI.
Albia 14, Belle Plaine 0
Another Albia pitcher flirted with a perfect game as sophomore Addy Halstead let just one runner on the bases in three innings and that was by an infield error. She struck out one and didn’t give up a walk.
Albia played long-ball against the Plainsmen with Workman hitting a two-run homer, Bayer slugging a two-run homer and Allison Major hitting her first career dinger all in the third inning. Workman and Myers both had hits and scored in the first, Bayer and MacKenna Jones both doubled in the second, Beary doubled in the third, Halstead had a two-run single in the third and MacKenna Jones had a two-run double in the third.